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He's the one: Trent Alexander-Arnold explains why Robert Firmino is Liverpool's main man

Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 1

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold

By Andy Hampson

Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed Roberto Firmino as "priceless" after the Brazilian's outstanding match-turning display for Liverpool against Newcastle.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had hoped to rest Firmino ahead of the first match of Liverpool's Champions League defence at Napoli tomorrow but was forced to summon him from the bench early.

Firmino responded with an inspirational performance as the Premier League leaders completed their recovery from a goal down to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

The score was 1-1 when an injury to Divock Origi meant Klopp had to turn to Firmino in the 37th minute. He almost immediately set up Sadio Mane for his side's second goal and made the third for Mohamed Salah in the second half with a sublime piece of skill.

"I'm running out of words to describe him," said right-back Alexander-Arnold.

"He's an unbelievable player. I've said it before - he's priceless to us.

"For us, he's the best player we could have. He's the one that makes everything tick, he's the glue that holds everything together.

"The quality he showed here - his work on and off the ball, especially that second assist - was world class. He is a world-class player."

Liverpool were stunned early on as Newcastle took a seventh-minute lead with a fine strike from Jetro Willems, the Dutchman's first goal for the club.

The Reds equalised through Mane after a nice lay-off from Robertson and then rarely looked troubled - a fluffed chance from Emil Krafth aside - as they cruised to their 14th successive Premier League win. Their five-point lead at the top of the table is a record for the competition after five games.

Newcastle's defeat leaves them with just four points from their five games but, after a difficult start that has also included games against Arsenal and Tottenham, manager Steve Bruce remains optimistic.

He said: "We have acquitted ourselves very well up to a certain level. The next part is can we be a bigger threat, can we keep the ball better? There are plenty of positives to take."

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